I stopped by these five little villages clinging to the steep slopes of the Ligurian coast of Cinque Terre on my way to Florence. I admit I had not heard about them until I defined my route, but I was fortunate and discovered this little corner of the world at the right moment.
Cinque Terre is a place where time takes a rest. No cars, no motorbikes, you move from one village to the other by train and walk around with hurry and stress all but forgotten. A wonderful place to linger, to let your soul roam free, timeless...
I only spent a couple of days there, but that gave me the chance to see those places at many different times of day, some of them crowded with tourists, some of them empty and quiet.
The Cinque Terre show all their beauty when the tourists leave for their resting paces and the sun moves on to light other parts of the world. It is in these moments, or when you leave the center of the villages, when you can breath in the peaceful rhythm of this beautiful and fragile place.
I came to this bend on the coast trail from Manarola to Corniglia quite a few times along that day and ended watching the sun set from there. It offered a beautiful view of Manarola to the south-east while you could see the coast running north-west towards Monterosso and this gorgeous sunset behind you. It was then and there, sitting in that bend waiting at ease for the sun to do its magic that I found some of the peace I had lost for quite a while. No hurries, just me, all this beauty, and my own reflections. Everything passes...
There are horizontal and vintage versions of this image.
I loved it there. I will return.
You can learn more about what drives me in my blog:
November 29th, 2015
Viewed 330 Times - Last Visitor from Beverly Hills, CA on 10/03/2022 at 4:51 AM